[Samba] Re: cifs verses smbfs for Linux clients

Michael Heydon michaelh at jaswin.com.au
Tue Feb 19 01:35:49 GMT 2008

Michael Lueck wrote:
> simo wrote:
>> There is no interdependency at all, when compiling samba you can choose
>> to build either or both helpers, it is a packaging choice. Most
>> distributions are slowly killing smbfs and stopping building the
>> smbmount helper in the samba packages.
> I unmounted all cifs connections, then I purged the smbfs package off 
> of my Ubuntu 7.04 desktop.
> I tried mounting connections:
> /bin/mount -t cifs -o 
> credentials=/home/mdlueck/.smbcredentials,uid=mdlueck,gid=mdlueck 
> //ldslnx01/data /mnt/ldslnx01/data/
> And received this type of error:
> mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on //ldslnx01/data,
>        missing codepage or other error
>        In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
>        dmesg | tail  or so
> Thus, the dependency I was referring to. I do not like to be one to 
> argue. (shrug)
> Thanks,
This is really a question for your distro maintainers. You need helpers 
(mount.cifs) in order to mount a smbfs or cifs share. As simo mentioned, 
the helpers are a part of samba. How your distro chooses to package and 
name samba/helpers/kernel modules/etc has nothing to do with the samba 

*Michael Heydon - IT Administrator *
michaelh at jaswin.com.au <mailto:michaelh at jaswin.com.au>

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